Community-Owned Energy: How Nebraska Became the Only State to Bring Everyone Power From a Public Grid
by Thomas HannaJan 30, 2015
- In this red state, publicly owned utilities provide electricity to all 1.8 million people. Here's how Nebraska took its energy out of corporate hands and made it affordable for everyday residents.
Forget Venture Capitalists—This Scrappy Composting Co-Op Found Another Way to Get Startup Money
by Laura FlandersJan 29, 2015
- The banking system makes it tough for local businesses to get their hands on startup money. But creative entrepreneurs are finding solutions.
Anti-Austerity Party Sweeps Greek Elections—What US Progressives Can Learn
by Kate AronoffJan 29, 2015
- There are plenty of lessons to be taken from Syriza’s victory and the rise to power of Spain's Podemos party, but striving to speak to people rather than politics might be chief among them.
Radical Farmers Use Fresh Food to Fight Racial Injustice and the New Jim Crow
by Leah PennimanJan 28, 2015
- If we are to create a society that values black life, we cannot ignore the role of food and land.
How One Boston Neighborhood Stopped Gentrification in Its Tracks
by Penn LohJan 28, 2015
- Community land trusts create housing that is permanently affordable. And they also help new city farmers get land.
These Gorgeous Photographs Show Indigenous Americans Without the Stereotypes
by Natasha DonovanJan 27, 2015
- “Three years ago, Matika Wilbur set out on an ambitious undertaking, a vast road trip across America to photograph members of all 562 of America’s federally-recognized tribes.”
Six Ways the US Is Building a People-Powered Economy
by Sarah van GelderJan 27, 2015
- Alternative business models such as worker-owned cooperatives are gaining ground, proving that a more just and sustainable future is possible.
Welcome to the New YES! Website
by Rod ArakakiJan 23, 2015
- We’ve redesigned our site to be mobile-friendly and more enjoyable to read with you, our loyal readers, in mind.
“Selma”: A Beautifully Shot Film Shows How Change Really Happens
by Kate AronoffJan 17, 2015
- Neither a “great man” history of Martin Luther King Jr., nor a tale of forgotten underdogs, Selma is about skilled activists building a movement.
A Baltimore Public School Teacher Explains Why It Pays to Put Kids in Control
by Andy Lee RothJan 16, 2015
- What do Shakespeare’s plays tell us about how to run classrooms in an unequal society?
How to Hack City Money: Let 16 Year Olds Vote on Budgets, Get Banks to Invest Locally
by Shannan StollJan 16, 2015
- In California and Ohio, two city governments are entrusting their citizens with budgeting and rewarding banks for valuing local communities.
In 10 Years, No One In Helsinki Will Even Want to Own a Car: 3 Simple Ideas That Are Making Cities Sustainable
by Shannan StollJan 15, 2015
- An app that combines the affordability of ride sharing with the reliability of taxis. Playgrounds built as sponges for reusable greywater. From Finland to California, the cities of the future are here.
Video: A Letter from Your 14-Year-Old Self
by Erin SagenJan 15, 2015
- Bruce Farrer has been assigning a special project to his students: a 10-page letter handwritten to themselves, which he mails back 20 years later.
Three Ideas for Inclusive Cities: How Raleigh, Seattle, and Others Are Bringing Everyone Into the Fold
by Shannan StollJan 14, 2015
- From city-issued ID cards to open-source data anyone can access, simple urban innovations are creating more transparent and equitable cities.
400,000 Harry Potter Fans—and J.K. Rowling—Just Won a Deal to Get Child Labor Out of Chocolate
by Christopher Zumski FinkeJan 13, 2015
- Harry Potter stood up for his world's most vulnerable people. Now, legions of real-world kids are too—by demanding Fair Trade certification for products sold in their hero's name.